Monday, March 19, 2001

Bush says ANWR can be explored and protected
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush this week reiterated his interest in exploring for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Former NMFS official cited on crab pot charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- The former regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska has been cited for using illegal crab pots in Auke Bay.

North Pole hit-and-run driver convicted again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman on probation for assault charges stemming from a drunk driving hit-and-run case pleaded no contest Friday to a second drunk-driving arrest.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times about the Iditarod and dog care:
When Doug Swingley swept into Nome after a thousand-mile run, his dogs looked about as tired as most of us do after climbing two flights of stairs.

Search continues for two missing snowmachiners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers pulled a snowmachine belonging to Nathan Evan of Marshall from the Yukon River near Russian Mission on Friday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Juneau Empire on another capital move effort:
This time around, Juneau may want to wake up and take a more serious interest in the age-old game of move the capital.

Anchorage mayor installs private line, computer for office campaigning
ANCHORAGE -- The mayor of Anchorage has installed a private phone line in his City Hall office and brought in his own computer to avoid the appearance he's doing campaign-related or personal work at the public's expense.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Alaska's winter tourist season:
What time of year does this sound like? Hotels booked to the brim.

Aleutian cod fishermen reach agreement with small processor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cod fishermen at the tip of the Alaska Peninsula have reach

Anchorage Daily News on Alaska's continuing fiscal problems:
$530 million. That's the figure Gov. Tony Knowles used Tuesday noon in a wide-ranging address to the downtown Rotary in Anchorage.

Bicyclists sign up for another AIDS ride in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Despite blustery weather in last year's event, more than 1,600 people have registered for the Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride this August.

State warns Alaska tourists about foot-and-mouth disease
PALMER (AP) -- Alaskans who have visited the United Kingdom over the past 30 days should stay away from farms, ranches and zoos because of the chance they carry the foot-and-mouth disease virus.

Anchorage pedestrian killed by car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage pedestrian died Saturday morning after he was struck by a car on a downtown street.

Operation Northern Edge gets underway around Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Operation Northern Edge gets underway Monday, with three major staging areas set around Alaska.

Sitka herring fishermen await higher price, spawning
SITKA (AP) -- A two-pronged waiting game is under way as processors and seiners in the annual Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery negotiate over prices and biologists look for the first signs of mass spawning.

Two die in Sunday snowmachine accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An avalanche Sunday killed one snowmobiler south of Delta, according to Alaska State Troopers, while another rider went over a cliff in the Talkeetna Mountains and died of his injuries several hours later.

New Marshall post office promises splinter-free mail
MARSHALL (AP) -- There's a new bell to ring in town these days.

Ellis takes North American
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Egil Ellis walked away from the ACS Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race with the hardware. But the elation belonged to Buddy Streeper, second to Ellis in the world's oldest and most prestigious sprint race.

Senate approves name change for Fairbanks airport
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate on Friday passed a bill to rename the Fairbanks International Airport after the late William Ransom Wood.

Warm weather mires refuge pipeline project
KENAI (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. had hoped frozen ground would minimize the impact of a pipeline being built through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this winter.

Tok musher wins 210-mile race along Yukon
DAWSON CITY, Yukon (AP) -- Tok musher Peter Butteri has won a 210-mile race from Dawson City to Eagle and back, a victory was worth more than $3,600.

Doyon shareholders elect one newcomer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Just one seat changed hands in last week's election for the Doyon Ltd. board, but while no major policy switch was expected, the vote gave the Native corporation's governing panel a female majority.

Few testify about relocating Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Citizens barely outnumbered lawmakers Saturday in a teleconferenced hearing on whether to move legislative sessions from Juneau to Anchorage.

Ketchikan considers bailout for veneer plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ketchikan officials on Monday will consider how far they're willing to go to help bail out Gateway Forest Products, a financially ailing veneer plant that has already received a $7 million loan from a federal economic disaster fund.

Around the Peninsula
Peer counselors to lead mothers group Computer classes offered.CPGH Board to meetAlliance to hold meetingKDLL board to meet Church to hold saleKids sought for new Marines unitTickets on sale for memory quilt

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Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Class presented for better parenting Travel industry topic of luncheonSBDC to hold seminarBlack bear-baiting clinic scheduledBasic hunter education course begins March 27Center to provide for those in need Kenai, Soldotna class of 1981 reunion

Royer clinches Iditarod award
NOME-- A former Montanan who got her start under the tutelage of this year's winner and four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Doug Swingley -- another Montanan -- crossed the finish line Friday to become Rookie of the Year.

Second Iditarod team hit by snowmachiner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race was injured Saturday by a snowmachine.

For Gebhardt, Baker, Iditarod less than racing when friends race too
NOME -- For Paul Gebhardt and John Baker, this year's 1,161-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was 22 miles of fierce competition and 1,139 miles of friendship.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times about the Iditarod and dog care:
When Doug Swingley swept into Nome after a thousand-mile run, his dogs looked about as tired as most of us do after climbing two flights of stairs.

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Central peninsula high school cheerleaders compete for respect
Cheerleaders are the Rodney Dangerfields of high school athletics: They don't get no respect, no respect at all.

Jarrett pulls out Dodge Dealers 400 win
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- There were memories of the late Dale Earnhardt everywhere -- and not all of them good -- as Dale Jarrett came from way back to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 on Sunday.

Volunteers needed to help grant wishes
'It is really fun to see not only the wish child's life touched, but everyone's else's life also.'

In snowmachine safety, Alaska is still the 'wild, wild West'
ANCHORAGE -- Since 12-year-old Steven Patkotak broke through lagoon ice and drowned Sept. 25, Alaska has averaged nearly one snowmobile death per week -- a per capita rate at least five times higher than any other state.

State revamps upgrade plans
Dozens of the people turned out for a special meeting in Nikiski to discuss road repairs with state officials and elected representatives.

Club teaches students art of fly tying
This story first appeared on the Outdoors page of Friday's Clarion. But due to an editing error, it did not run in its entirety. The Clarion regrets the error.

Handful testify about Legislature's location
JUNEAU (AP) -- Citizens barely outnumbered lawmakers Satur-day in a teleconferenced hearing on whether to move legislative sessions from Juneau to Anchorage.

Photo feature: Melting away
The view of Kenai Lake from Slaughter Creek Trail above Cooper Landing.

Appraisers job interesting, but not always an easy task
Assigning values to borough properties is a year-long job for the Kenai Peninsula Borough assessor's office.

Borough assessments out
And the envelope, please.

School district, police cracking down on 'terroristic threats'
A warning to young people on the Kenai Peninsula: This is not a good time to mouth off about violence in school.

Warm weather mires refuge pipeline project
Marathon Oil Co. had hoped frozen ground would mitigate the impact of pipeline construction on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this winter. But construction workers have struggled with an early thaw.

Other highway projects coming
With spring, every Alaska driver's fancy turns toward better road conditions.

St. Patrick's Day 'traffic jam'
Students from Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, are unconcerned over the price of gasoline as they march their vehicles down the Kenai Spur Highway as part of the annual St. Patricks Day parade.

Patricia Gail DeBusschere
Kenai resident Patricia Gail DeBusschere died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at her home. She was 51.

Skyler Drew Axton Nikolas
Skyler Drew Axton Nikolas died Sunday, March 4, 2001, with his mother in a vehicle accident on the Seward Highway. He was 5. Memorial services are pending.

China not yet ready for honor that comes with Olympic Games
The Olympic Games are about athletics, not politics. Something needs to be done about buildup of space junk

Bush faces key decisions on China
WASHINGTON -- No matter what they say on the campaign trail or at the beginning of their terms, all U.S. presidents since Richard Nixon have ended up with essentially the same China policy. At least on the surface.

Letters to the Editor
Private, for-profit prisons make bad

Terminating adult indiscretion
What is wrong with this picture?

Women's History Month good time to reflect on fairness
March is Women's History Month, and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer used the occasion during a visit to the Kenai Peninsula last week to highlight the status of women in Alaska.

Fish resources belong to all
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is moving toward a decision that will effectively incorporate the halibut sport charter industry into a "fishery" limited by individual quotas.

Entire community plays part in success of 'The Music Man'

Ask a Trooper
Question: How much does my child have to weigh before she can get out of her car seat and just use a seat belt?

Baucum, Cole to marry in Nikiski
Misty Baucum and Richard Cole Jr. have announced their plans to be married June 16, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Aurora Heights Assembly of God in Nikiski. Pastor Rufus Tallent will officiate.

Workman, Krapp plan June wedding
Lauri Workman and Ryan Krapp have announced their plans to marry June 16, 2001, in Minot, N.D. An Alaska reception is scheduled for July 7.

Peninsula People
Soldotna man completes training Area residents enlist in Army Congressman nominate students to academies

Lookin' for love
Lookin' for love

SeaLife Center seeks kids for squids
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward invites students in grades three through 12 to enter a unique contest for "Operation Squid."

My Best Friend
Ian Foley of Kenai shares a giggle and a grin with his 11-year-old golden retriever Helc on Christmas morning.

Kathy Sackman and Andy Lombard
Kathy Sackman and Andy Lombard, of Soldotna, announce the birth of their daughter, Denali Anne Lombard, at 8:18 a.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Community news
Ping pong tourney results

Tiger back to winning
ORLANDO, Fla. -- No more talk about a slump, just more stories about the amazing feats of Tiger Woods.

Bulldogs boys top Heritage to take third, miss out on state tourney berth
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team captured the District 3/3A championship Saturday, defeating Seward 55-43 in the tournament title game at Houston High School.

Sports Briefs
Rickey Henderson close to signing with Padres Wells says he'll retire if Chicago declines option Knoblauch may be seeing field from different view

Colony girls edge Kardinals
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team ran into a speed bump Friday in their quest for a state tournament berth, dropping their semifinal game 39-37 to the Colony Knights in the Region III/4A tournament at Kodiak Friday.

Upsets take a day off at NCAA tourney
Close calls and low-seeded surprises were suddenly at a premium as the NCAA tournament moved into the second round Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Shuttlecocks set to fly at Skyview

L.A. Xtreme hands Rage first XFL loss
LOS ANGELES -- Tommy Maddox threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score as the Los Angeles Xtreme handed the Orlando Rage its first loss of the season, 31-6 Sunday.

Tiger back in a familiar position
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods stood alone on the 17th tee box, glaring at the ground after making the wrong swing at the worst time Saturday in the Bay Hill Invitational.

Kenai girls, SoHi boys earn berths at state tournament
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team punched its ticket to the state tournament Saturday, winning two games -- the consolation semifinal and the third-place game -- in one day to secure the No. 3 spot at the Region III/4A tournament at Kodiak.

Avalanche traps Detroit in matchup of NHL's best
DENVER -- Shjon Podein and Ray Bourque scored goals in the final 2:27, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Saturday in a matchup of the NHL's best teams.

St. Patrick's run draws a crowd
The first St. Patrick's Day Race had a problem, but it was a good problem.

Mental block continues to plague Knoblauch
Chuck Knoblauch can't seem to shake his throwing problems.

Nikiski girls cruise to finals
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team continued its run toward another region crown, defeating Heritage Christian 59-39 in the semifinals of the District 3/3A tournament at Houston Friday.

Florida, North Carolina booted from tournament in surprising upset victories
Fresno State's Shannon Swillis fights Michigan State's David Thomas, left, and Zach Randolph, right, for a rebound at the NCAA South Regional tournament in Memphis Sunday. Michigan State defeated Fresno State 81-65.

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